Cheesecake Crescent Rolls

medium.12 cans of Pillsbury Crescent rolls
2 (8oz each) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted
cinnamon
sugar

Unroll and spread 1 of the cans of crescent rolls on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish (or 8 x 8 if you want to cut the recipe in half). Combine softened cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla. Spread over crescent roll layer. Unroll and layer remaining crescent rolls over cream cheese layer. Melt your butter and spread over top of crescent rolls. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake for 20-30 minutes in 350 degree oven until bubbly and slightly browned. Drizzle with a little honey if you like. Let cool a bit, slice and eat.

ADDITIONAL: Consider adding some fresh fruit puree like strawberries, raspberries etc. For the chocolate lover add chocolate syrup or cut up candy bars or chocolate chips. Think of crushed nuts and caramel? How about a drizzle of maple syrup with a sprinkle of brown sugar? Just add your favorite ingredient before adding the top layer of crescent and bake as directed. Also, the filling can have some food dye placed into it to add a festive design for a special holiday!

Pumpkin Seeds Health Benefit

Don’t throw away those pumpkin seeds – Save them! They are full of nutritional value and provide some great health benefits. Scoop them all out and separate them from pulp. Strain with warm water to process the rest of the pulp away from seeds. Spread in dry cookie sheet still wet and sprinkle with seasonings. Salt can be fine (or bake them with none which makes for a great salad topping or use on top of casseroles. Try popcorn seasonings like ranch and cheddar cheese or go simple with no sodium garlic powder and onion powder. Bake at 350 until the tops are getting slightly golden in color. Do your best to flip them all and toast on the other side until golden in color. If you would like a bit of “fried” taste spray lightly with a spray olive oil and then season before baking. Cool before placing into a storage container and don’t forget to eat some while they are hot. Has a great butty flavor that is good by itself or added to other food.

Jeffs Green Chile, Chicken, Bacon, & Rice

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound chicken
1 half package of bacon (turkey or pork)
2 cups rice
1 pound cheddar cheese
1 half pound mozzarella cheese
10 green chiles (Anaheim or Poblano peppers will also work)
sprinkle of red chile powder
garlic powder
onion powder
sour cream (optional)
guacamole (optional)
small warm tortillas (optional)
crunchy tortilla chips (optional)
salsa (optional)

This is such a simple recipe and is always requested that I make it when bringing food to someones house.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1st:
*2 cup instant rice added to 2 cups boiling water.
*Sprinkle red chile powder to give rice flavor and color. This can be light or heavy depending on the factor of hotness of the end dish that you desire. Cook until rice is tender.

2nd:
*Cut 1 pound of chicken breast into 1″ cubes
*Cut 1 half pound of bacon (pork works best but I have made it with turkey and is still delicious) into 2″ lengths
*Fry and keep stirring until chicken and bacon are done (bacon will need to be crisp)
*While frying you can add: garlic powder, onion powder, a dash of Cajun seasoning or taco seasoning

3rd:
*Blanch or roast green chiles
*Cut the top of and slice them length ways on one side so you can lay them out

4th:
*Spread rice mixture out in a 9 x 13 dish
*Place the sliced open green chiles out on top of rice
*Place chicken and bacon pieces directly over each chile to cover them but leave the rice showing through
*Options at this time: chives, onion, tomato, salsa or leave like it is
*Cover each chile with a mound of cheddar cheese and sprinkle each mound with a little bit of mozzarella cheese

5th:
*Bake at 350 degrees until all cheese is melted

6th:
*Serve with a spatula and top with sour cream
*Serve with some soft warm tortillas or crispy tortilla chips and fresh cilantro salsa and a large cool glass of sweet tea.

Its always gone and I leave with an empty dish…. guess its good when I make one to take I make another to keep for myself…. makes great portions to make lunches with.